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53 best personalized gifts in 2021 for every person

From candles to prints, these have a special touch.
Illustration of 6 different gifts you can buy for the holidays and personalize
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Though the people in your life may tell you that "it's the thought that counts" when it comes to gifting, as we enter the holiday season, the pressure is on to find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Let's face it, after the year we've all had, a unique and thoughtful gift is deserved.

Personalized and customizable gifts might not always be the easiest kinds of gifts to track down, so we did a deep dive to find some of the sweetest gifts for every kind of person in your life. Whether you're shopping for a friend or a close family member, these customizable gifts won't disappoint.

From a custom charcuterie board to a dainty piece of jewelry, make this year's holiday season extra special with a one-of-a-kind gift made just for them.

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Best personalized gifts for her

Mark & Graham Travel Jewelry Case

Anyone looking to make 2022 the year where they finally hit the road again will appreciate this chic jewelry case. It features multiple compartments to store earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

Yeti Engraved Rambler Tumbler

If you're already thinking of getting them this bestselling mug for the holidays, go one step further and add a personal touch. You can add a monogram or a design for as little as $5.

Casetify Custom Phone Case

Personalize this phone case from Casetify so they can keep their favorite mantra in their back pocket, wherever they go. You can choose between set designs and fonts, which makes the design process much easier.

Madewell Medium Transport Tote with Optional Engraving

This leather Madewell tote is both useful and classic. For non-insider members, engraving the bag is $10, but if you decide to join their email subscription list, you can get the service for free!

Classy Chargers Personalized Charger

Chargers are essential, so why not make it a cute accessory? These monogrammed chargers can be customized with your friend's name or initials. You can also choose between various colors and patterns to further personalize to your loved one's liking.

My Photo GlassPad

Bring a smile to your loved one's face while they work. These custom mousepads can be designed with a photo of your choosing so that they can remember the good times anytime.

My Photo Instaledge

Keep your memories close to you with this custom photo stand. Select a phrase to feature on the stand such as "Our Story" and "Travel. Explore. Repeat." and display three or six photos depending on whether you get a one- or two-row option.

Personalized House Ornament

Share your favorite memories with your family! This ornament from Personalization Mall can be decked out with a photo and message of your choosing.

Baublebar Acrylic Custom Pendant Necklace

BaubleBar has plenty of options for personalization. This acrylic custom pendant necklace is fun and easy to pair with almost anything in their closet!

Erin Condren Personalized Planner

This popular brand offers tons of beautiful planner covers, and you can customize most of them with their name or initials, too!

Letterfolk Tile Mat

This endlessly customizable mat is perfect for your front door, bathroom or any other area where feet land. It comes with 150 removable tiles that be used to write phrases or create fun designs.

Siblings DIY Candles

Your loved one can create their own candle with this easy-to-use DIY kit. Simply choose a scent from options like eucalyptus and evergreen or lavender and cedarwood. All she needs to do is heat up the wax and stick it in their favorite jar or ceramic cup (you can also gift a vessel to go along with the kit).

Etsy Personalized Mask Chain Holder

Masks are one of our most important accessories right now and your loved one will look extra chic in hers, thanks to this trendy chain that makes sure you don't lose your mask when you need to take it off. It features rose gold beading and white lettering for her name and can be doubled as a chain for glasses and sunglasses.

Unique Anomaly Personalized Cutting Board

Engrave this cutting board with their favorite family recipe for a sentimental gift. Though it's functional, we think it would make an even sweeter piece of decor.

Best personalized gifts for him

NFL Custom Shop Jersey

For the football fanatic, you can't go wrong with a special piece of merch that puts them right on the roster. You can put their last name on any kind of jersey, socks or even a sweatshirt.

Personalized Elf Yourself Sweater

The comedian in your life will appreciate this funny sweater. Add your face or theirs to this elf-inspired sweater and share a laugh with your loved one.

Personalization Mall Bamboo Lap Desk

Your loved one can work from almost anywhere with this handy lap desk. Make it extra special by engraving their name and a message.

Personalized Old Fashioned Whiskey Glass

This cup is a great option for the men in your life who enjoy a nice drink after a long day. You have a choice of initials or a full name in a variety of fonts.

Lands' End Men's Suede Leather Moccasin

Upgrade their home slippers with this pair. Leave them as is or add their initials for an additional $8.

Personalized Wooden Bottle Opener

He'll never be scrambling to find a bottle opener again. This customizable one can be secured to the wall with a magnet.

Engraved Apple Products

For the man who loves tech, Apple offers free engraving and gift wrapping for all of their products!

Custom Engraved Wooden Watch

This affordable wooden watch can be engraved with any personal message or quote. He'll think of you whenever he puts it on.

Custom Watercolor Artwork Pet Portrait

Any pet owner will love seeing their favorite picture of their furry friend turned into art. They'll want to hang the hand-painted portrait proudly on their wall immediately after unwrapping.

Best personalized photo gifts

Mimeo Photos Personalized Photo Puzzle

This personalized puzzle not only captures a memory but is also a fun activity. The puzzles available for personalization range in size and difficulty, so you can choose an option for beginners, or test your skill with an expert level. The puzzle is available in both matte and glossy formats.

Snapfish Personalized Acrylic Photo Paperweight

If the desk in their home office is overflowing with as much paperwork as their desk in the actual office, this unique paperweight can keep some of the clutter under control. It's made from a heavyweight crystal-clear polymer acrylic that won't fade over time, and the photo is printed onto a sturdy aluminum plate.

Minted Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art

This sweet memento makes for a great gift for anyone that you hold close to your heart. All you need to do is curate the photos and then choose the dimensions and framing styles, if you prefer to have it framed.

Shutterfly Photo Gallery Wireless Phone Charger

If the plan is to gift them something that they'll actually use, this wireless charger is a no-brainer. It's compatible with most Qi-enabled devices and most phone cases.

Greetabl Personalized Photo Box

Consider this gift a hug in a box. You can curate a small gift for any occasion by choosing from the assortment Greetabl has to offer, but add a personal touch, such as a framed photo, to make it personal.

Artifact Uprising Brass Easel & Calendar

Perfect for newlyweds or for the grandparents in your life, this calendar is something they'll actually use throughout the year and is one way they can look back on cherished memories with each coming month.

Best personalized gifts for Mom

Etsy Personalized Family Necklace

If distance is keeping you from seeing your family and friends this year, then show your love with a custom necklace. You can add your names, favorite locations or even special dates on up to four circles. No matter where you are, they are sure to think of you when they wear it.

Personalized Cutting Board

Personalization Mall has anything and everything you could ever want to be monogrammed. This bamboo cutting board is useful, practical and trendy — plus, it's on sale!

Custom Monogrammed Welcome Mat

The mom that loves to host will love welcoming people into her home with this customizable mat.

Shutterfly Recipe Photo Book

Compile family recipes and favorite dishes into a meaningful cookbook they’ll be able to cherish forever. Choose from a variety of Shutterfly’s layouts to showcase food photos and cooking instructions.

Customizable Wrapping Paper

This hilarious wrapping paper is perfect for Mom. Any gift she gives will come with a not-so-subtle reminder that she's a superhero. It's also made with matte paper, so the quality is a little more durable than the thin, shiny material you might find at the store.

Pottery Barn Grand Organic Cotton Embroidered Towels

These organic embroidered towels are plush and would look great in any bathroom. Leave as is or monogram them for $12 each!

Farmhouse Floral Personalized Tumbled Stone Coaster Set

These genuine marble stone coasters will add an elegant touch to your mom's living room or kitchen table. And don't worry, they have a cork backing so your furniture is safe from scratches and damage.

Little Clay Land Custom Clay Portrait

Send in your favorite photo of your family or friends and get a cute clay version back. This is perfect for turning into an ornament or adding a fun touch to a bookshelf. You can add up to 21 people (or pets!) to your replica. These take around two to three weeks to make, so order yours now to ensure it arrives in time for the holidays.

Uncommon Goods Personalized Handwritten Letter Blanket

'Tis the season for cozy gifts. They’ll definitely feel the love as they snuggle up with their blanket, complete with your own custom message.

Best personalized gifts for Dad

Pattern Pop Vintage Metal Sign

The dad who loves to host will appreciate a personalized sign to greet guests as they walk in. Customize it by choosing what you'd like written on the sign.

Personalized Apron

Does your dad love to grill? This apron is affordable, fun and perfect for any cookout. It's easy to customize with two lines of text.

Embroidered Tool Tote Bag

This roomy tool tote bag is perfect for the dad who won't stop fixing stuff around the house.

Minted Best Dad Ever Boxes

Have a custom photo art print framed, sealed and delivered to the best dad ever. You can choose from a wide selection of frames, such as whitewashed French farmhouse wood, matte copper, brushed silver and more. The prints come in size 8 x 8 in. to 44 x 44 in. and range in price from $48 to $558 depending on the size and framing you choose.

Engraved Personalized Pocket Knife

Handy dads will also love having this personalized pocket knife in their arsenal. Add their initials and a sweet message on the back.

Mountain Art Paper Print

For the dad who is always looking forward to the next adventure, commemorate your favorites in poster form. Add up to 10 mountains with special locations, like camping trips or vacations you've been on together.

Custom Monogrammed Wallet

Your dad will love carrying this around in his pocket. The bestselling wallet can be customized with his initials or full name in a variety of colors.

Uncommon Goods Personalized Whiskey Barrel

Whiskey connoisseurs are sure to appreciate this unique gift. This miniature barrel will age and add complex flavors to their spirit of choice. Add a custom “distillery name” along with their city and state, so they’ll feel like a true master of the trade.

Best personalized gifts for kids

Uncommon Goods Personalized Hearts Four-Across Game

How adorable is this customized game of Connect 4? Each game is handmade in Greensboro, North Carolina, and can be engraved with names, anniversary dates and more.

Uncommon Goods Personalized 'I Can Change the World' Book

Make them the main character of their own inspiring book, thanks to this unique gift from Uncommon Goods. With each page, they'll learn more about the role kindness plays in their world.

Baublebar Wide Custom Hair Clip

These adorable custom hair clips would look great on your little girl — and you might even want to get yourself one to match!

Personalized Name Puzzle For Babies

Any toddler would have fun playing with this personalized name puzzle, and it would look great in their nursery, too.

Pottery Barn Kids Unicorn Parade Lunch Box

These unicorn parade lunch boxes are perfect for the princess in your life. You can add their name in a variety of embroidered fonts.

Pottery Barn Kids Personalized Tool Box

Little builders will not want to put this personalized tool box down after they unwrap it. The box comes with a hammer, screwdriver, wrench, bolts, washer and two- and three-hole rectangles.

My Own Name Step Stool

These step stools put a spin on the practical home item. With three designs to choose from, your little one will be leaping in no time.

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